At 11 years old, Shiza Fatima is already making a difference in her community. She lives in Abu Dhabi and is an accomplished public speaker, as well as an eager learner. In school, she has earned the “Star of the Section” and “Eco warrior” awards. Shiza actively participates in activities like compering and campaigns such as Water Campaigns, Desert Clean-ups, and Beach Clean-ups to raise awareness on environmental issues. Through speeches and drawings, she hopes to contribute to shaping a better planet through reaching the SDGs by engaging in more community initiatives. She loves drawing and painting during her free time now; it serves as her creative outlet for positive change!
Shiza's short story, "One Small Action", is included in the anthology book "Once Upon In Our Minds". This inspiring narrative takes place in the city of Lagos, the home of ‘Wellness Clinic’ and its hardworking single-doctor owner, Dr. Vivek. Despite facing childhood hardships such as hunger and homelessness, he never stopped striving for change. His mission to better his environment pushes this story forward and provides hope for readers that even one small action can make a big difference. As an up-and-coming writer with limitless imagination, Shiza believes we should all keep telling stories to push the boundaries of our minds.